Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Charity's Call To Keep Pedestrians Safe Supported By Cambridge MP

Julian joins Guide Dogs’ Engagement Officer,
Dave Kent and his dog Quince
MP Julian Huppert is supporting a call from the Guide Dogs charity to install a safety feature on quiet electric vehicles to keep pedestrians safe.

The charity is worried after research shows that some hybrid and electric vehicles cannot be heard until a second before impact and, therefore, are more likely to be involved in a collision with a pedestrian.

As the number of these vehicles is increasing on the roads, the charity wants to see them fitted with artificial noise generators.

Julian attended a Westminster reception where Liberal Democrat Transport Minister, Norman Baker highlighted the charity’s concerns.

“We want to encourage people to drive these vehicles but, at the same time we need to make sure that they don’t pose a threat to pedestrians,” said Julian.

“Obviously blind and partially sighted people who cannot see a vehicle rely on the sound of the engine when crossing the road. If they can’t hear the car they won’t know that it’s coming and that puts them in danger.”

James White, Guide Dogs’ Campaigns Manager said: “We welcome Dr Huppert’s support for our campaign. Quiet vehicles must be safe for all pedestrians and we urge the Department for Transport to take steps to ensure this happens”